‘Concrete Geometries’ is a research initiative at the Architectural Association School of Architecture that explores the relationship between spatial form and social practice – how geometric aspects of space influence social environments and provide settings for social relations.
Derived from ‘Concrete’ referring to actual, non-abstract experience and ‘Geometries’, a surrogate for spatial form, the project is an investigation into the relationship between spatial form and social practice. It brings together architects, artists, designers and researchers who are engaged in spatial social practices.
Since 2009 the cluster has acted through open calls, exhibitions, talks and publications. It also initiates 1:1 projects such as installations that serve as tests or live experiments. Through this work, the cluster has accumulated a database of projects that experiment with the ‘social’ in the form of shared experiences and modes of sociability through the micro-articulation of spatial form at the person scale. These projects offer micro-utopian models of socio-spatial practices. The social modes they evoke are often undetermined, open-ended and experimental.